MYPATH to Empowerment, Spring 2019 ~ Classes and Workshops (more descriptions coming soon!)
8 Limb Path: Asana, the physical yoga practice is only one of eight limbs of Yoga.. Learn about the Yamas and Niyamas, and the rest of the path to reach Nirvana, Enlightenment. “The Law of Growth: When we change ourselves, our lives follow suit and change too.”
Acroyoga: AcroYoga is the art of combining Yoga with Acrobatics! Come explore the perfect blend of play, trust, and connection with our Fun-damental AcroYoga class. We will be offering beginner friendly postures and transitions to build a solid foundation in which to grow from. *No partner or experience required.
Aerial Chakra Meditation: Being suspended, trusting the silk to hug and hold your body, we will explore your breath, body and chakras. Meditation in the hammock will be sensational and a revitalizing to your prana and meditation practice.
Aerial Yoga: Using the aerial hammock as a tool, we will explore your practice from different perspectives. Together we will float, hang, invert, climb, flow, and above all, experience our mind, body and breath. This is will be an all levels class. Meet this practice with humility and an open heart. This class will be equals parts opening and strengthening.
Align Your Purpose:
Beginners Meditation:Are you interested in learning how to meditate, and curious about the benefits that you might get? Join Amanda O'Bryan, mindfulness meditation coach, for this simple introduction to meditation. You will learn practical mindfulness skills, and discuss how to incorporate meditation into your daily life. This class is for anyone who is interested in meditation, whether you have never tried it before, have fallen out of the habit and would like to be re-inspired, or would just like to deepen your practice!
Cacao Ceremony: A ceremonial dose of cacao is served in the form of a warm drink. This heart opening elixir can facilitate a pleasant, perhaps blissful state where participants can journey deeper into personal and collective healing. Ceremony, which is co-created may include sound healing, meditation, drumming, song, conscious art making, connection, sharing, dance, journeying and asana. This ancient medicine helps connect participants with their inner guide while it may increase clarity, focus, creativity and an overall sense of wellbeing. Testimonial - One ceremony attendee shared the following: “Michelle and Michael create a transformative, visionary, and unique experience that deepens the relationship to the self, while strengthening bonds among the community and connection with nature. They curate a multi-faceted, dynamic experience that engages the senses through plant spirit medicine, music, dance, visualization, and cultivating personal intentions. A natural environment is created that effectively allows people to release and heal. The result is a richer experience of life through meaningful connections within, to each other, earth, and cosmos. A leading-edge intelligence emerges from these ceremonies, whereby people are expressing the parts of themselves as a greater whole. Peace, passion, and clarity glows from all who leave this brief encounter. People are hungry to experience deeper meaning and make sense of a fast, technological, and politically confusing world. While no answers are given, a space is created for people to find deeper peace, resolve, and clarity from within. This is the deepest power a person and community can experience from the inside. These gatherings create the space for healing, empowerment, and thrival, across all races, beliefs, and backgrounds.”
Chakra Meditation: Take a journey through the subtle body and the seven chakras. The chakras are tied to the tantra period of yoga philosophy and are energy centers that can help you heal and balance emotionally and spiritually. As we sit in meditation we will infuse the elements, color and essense of each chakra as we take the journey up the spinal column. So, come, find stillness and experience a deeper connection with your truest nature that will take place with in our living shrine where divinity resides.
Farm Tour: Farm owner Pete Cashel will take you on a hay ride around parts of the 400-acre farm, discussing the area's history, geology, wildlife, ecological improvements Pete and Brenda have made on the farm, and their plans for the future. This is a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the land you'll be calling "home" for the next couple days!
Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku): Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the physical and mental health benefits of spending time connecting with the ecosystem of a living forest. During this forest bathing session you will be guided on a leisurely walk on gentle paths under the forest canopy with guided activities to help you open your senses, hone your intuition and experience the forest as you never have before. We draw upon mindfulness meditation practices and techniques of deep nature connection.
Gong Bath: Tisa has chosen to gift us with the relaxation of our minds and bodies ~ Self-Love and Self-Care are essential to maintaining balance. The Gong helps to help initiate or deepen your own spiritual journey. The process can provide assistance on all levels of healing; emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Allow yourself to enter a timeless space of listening as Tisa orchestrates her way through overtone rich instruments including Gongs, Indian Bells and Singing Bowl. Listeners have described the experience as an adventure in listening; sonic bliss; a deep and lasting vibrational rejuvenation for body and soul; a journey through the senses. Allow yourself to be still and listen.
Hatha Beginners Yoga/Hatha Yoga: Begin class by centering and connecting our mind, body and soul. After warming up the body, we will find yoga poses to address different areas of the body. A strong focus on the breath, core and quieting the mind chatter.
Herbs for Healing:
Hula Hoop Dance: Come discover your inner illusionist and dancer! Learn foundational skills and tricks… Get silly and creative with this fun flow toy, all levels welcome!
Intro to Bowspring: Bowspringis a revolutionary form of mind-body movement with its roots in yoga, that focuses on the connective tissue and creating an overall tone to the muscles. The spinal curves are re-established by opening the front and strengthening the back body. Stabilizing muscles are engaged to create great mobility and freedom of the joints while providing amazing workout. Poses done while practicing are curvy, dynamic and open. The alignment can be applied to most movement such as sitting, standing and walking.
Intro to Labyrinth: The labyrinth at Terrapin Hill Farm is based on the one found in the Chartres Cathedral in France. There is one way in and one way out, and as you meander through you are never quite sure how close you are to the center or the outside. The walking provides a way to quiet the distracted or overactive mind. This class will provide a brief background to labyrinths and how to use them and then you will walk the labyrinth at your own pace. The labyrinth is available to all participants to use anytime throughout the weekend.
Journaling: In this workshop, we use the art of journaling to tap into our creative potential, release what we are ready to let go of, set intentions and create for ourselves a truly safe space for transformation. This journaling experience will include a short meditation to harness the energy of the heart so that we can hear what it wants to share and will be followed by different writing exercises for dumping ideas, expressing hopes and dreams and allowing, through a stream of consciousness for expansion into the most expressive and truthful version of ourselves. This workshop is completely free from judgement and totally confidential, you will not have to share anything that you write. Please come with an open heart and mind and also bring a journal or paper, a pen and a meditation pillow if needed.
Kaleidoscope Yoga: Community Yoga; The art of yoga for groups. We will flow through geometrical shapes, patterns, and mandalas together. This is an all-ages, all-levels practice. Kaleidoscope Yoga is the roots of traditional yoga choreographed into a hand-holding, body-folding, heart-connecting community flow that everyone can enjoy.
Kirtan: Kirtan is creating and tapping into sacred sound vibrations. It begins to awaken the dormant love deep within the heart that longs to merge with the Beloved. You are the Beloved One. Find your true Self. Opening our hearts together through sound vibrations, we will awaken together. The tradition we'll open to is Gaudiya Vaishnava Krishna Bhakti. Immerse into powerful, ancient rituals aimed at opening the heart and enlightening the mind. Kirtan is a very ancient call and response, musical chanting of sacred names or Harinama and creates incredible group energy, called Harinama sankirtan.
Kundalini: ~Awaken Your Spirit with Kundalini Yoga~ Kundalini is known as the yoga of awareness. It increases energy, vitality, love and connectedness by moving energy up the spine. Kundalini means “coiled serpent”, and it is the name of the Shakti energy lying coiled in your root chakra. We'll use dynamic movement, mantra, and pranayama to open this energy pathway by releasing tension in your body.
Laughter Yoga: Laugh, Breathe, Relax -- Get Happy and Healthy! Practice unconditional laughter - for health, fun and friendship. Laughter Yoga is a global movement for health, joy and world peace. In this session Angela Greer, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, will lead you in a combination of yoga deep-breathing exercises, and get you moving with laughter exercises to make us feel more healthy and energetic. It's fun, silly and playful. All you need is a willingness to laugh and play along.
Movement + Meditation: This class weaves together all of the key fundamentals of a complete yoga practice: yoga flow postures, breath and meditation. You can expect to be lead through a slow vinyasa style class for about the first 40 minutes of class, followed by a various pranayama (breath technique) practice and ending the experience with at least 15 minutes of meditation. This class will provide you with additional yoga philosophy knowledge that will help you understand your body more, will help you ease into a home yoga practice and/or will help you feel more comfortable when attending other public classes. Natural Time Calendar: This workshop introduces Dreamspell, the modernized Mayan Calendar. She'll teach you how to use the 13-moon Natural Time calendar as a daily tool for spiritual guidance. Learn to decode your own galactic signature, find your guiding strengths, hidden powers, challenges and begin cultivating a new intimacy with time itself! Time, as our society teaches us, is not money; Time is Art and each moment is ours to create- exactly as our heart desires. Informative & inspiring, this class helps you gain a new perspective on life that will continuously reveal itself thru the magic, grace, & synchronicity of natural time.
Plant Spirit Meditation: In this guided meditation, we will commune with the plant spirit of tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), also known as holy basil. Tulsi is native to India, where it is considered an embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi and one of the most sacred of all plants. This medicinal herb is traditionally used in Ayurveda and beloved by herbalists worldwide for its myriad physical and psycho-spiritual benefits. We'll start with a brief introduction to plant spirit medicine and the properties of tulsi before moving into a meditation for healing and guidance from this beloved, magical plant.
Prana Vinyasa Krama: Exploring Prana through Vinyasa Krama. Have you heard the word prana before in class but don't know as much as you want to? Or have you researched the topic but aren't sure how to physically work with it? Or would you just like to explore the concept in a more conversational setting? Join Magen Stevens in exploring the Prana Vayus through lecture and movement. You will learn about what prana is and how it travels through out your body. Through learning the pathways of prana, you will begin to learn about the key to vitality. Magen will explain key Ayurvdic and Yogic concepts in order to cultivate a better understanding for all that attend. Through understanding our prana and how to work with it, we empower ourSelf to be the innate healer that we truly have the power to be.
Sound Vibration Healing:
Sunrise Gentle Yoga: Rise and shine with a gentle flow through authentic movements sequenced to awaken energy and release stiffness from the night. Leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day!
Sunrise Hatha Yoga: Wake up with a traditional Hatha Yoga flow, balancing the masculine and feminine / sun and moon sides of the body by working on Pranayama (breathwork), Asana (physical postures) & Chanting... helping to relieve any stress or anxiety.
Wild Fire Primal Dance: Yin Yoga & Acupuncture: This is a 2-hour yin yoga and acupuncture workshop that will focus on balancing the elements of water and fire to empower both inner strength and outer courage. Shanna Portman, 200RYT will guide participants in a series of yin yoga poses designed to focus on the Kidney meridian (water element, inner strength, determination) and the Heart meridian (fire element, outer courage, expansion). While students are resting in savasana, Becky Flynn, L.Ac. will offer a simple, 5 point acupuncture treatment to further stimulate and balance the opposing forces of fire and water. Light massage will be offered during poses and savasana. To allow time for individual attention from the instructors, space is limited to 20 students per class.
Yoga Nidra: Relax into a deep state of calm. Yoga Nidra means "sleep with awareness". It is an effective way of achieving relaxation physically,mentally and emotionally. In fact, a single hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to many hours of quality sleep and is much more restorative and rejuvenating.